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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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A New Opportunity

A New Opportunity It seems like the fall semester just began, yet here we are at the beginning of a new semester. To my fellow students: whether the last semester was your best or your worst, you should be excited for the blank canvas in front of us both. I hope I’m not alone in feeling that last semester blew right past me at whirlwind speed. That being said, it’s exciting to think about how I’m starting my second half of my second year at Texas A&M. I am excited to start my second half of my journey here. The idea of getting my Aggie ring is also one that excites me, and a new semester means I’m one step closer to that. As we all start the new semester, I believe we should remember a few things that will hopefully lead to success. 1)   Get a good night’s sleep. It’s amazing what something as simple as getting a good amount of rest can do for you. 2)   Eat a good breakfast. I know this sounds cliché and may not be for everyone, but ... (Read More)

Veterinary School Interview Advice

Veterinary School Interview Advice Interviews for Texas A&M’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2020 are just around the corner. We, the VetMed student ambassadors, are looking forward to meeting the applicants and giving tours of our veterinary school and hospitals. The interview is the last part of the veterinary school admission process and is worth 20 percent of the applicant’s final selection score. Texas A&M has multiple mini interviews (MMI), which is a different interview format than other veterinary schools. In a multiple mini interview, each interview is less than 10 minutes long, with different judges (veterinary school professors and practicing veterinarians) in each room. I remember being very nervous for the first mini interview room, but one of the advantages on MMI is that you get a fresh start in every room. Having gone through MMI for admission to the Class of 2018 and having helped talk to applicants for the Class of 2019, here is my advice for the a... (Read More)

A Semester in Review

A Semester in Review Where has the semester gone? I feel like I’m always asking that these days, but it is true. The semester is flying by! Classes are already over, and it is time for finals. Luckily, I only have three finals this semester. I have already finished one final, and I have two left. My biochemistry final will be pretty hard, so I will have to spend many hours studying for it. But, it will (hopefully) pay off in the end. The week leading up to finals and during finals can be so stressful, but it is such a great feeling when you are done with them. One of my favorite things that helps me get through finals are the goody bags that Aggie moms make. My mom is a part of my county’s Aggie moms group, and each semester they bring us snacks to get through the finals. It is so nice to have them supporting us. As I study, I can’t help but to think how this has been one of my favorite semesters so far as an undergraduate. This year, I am taking more classes that ... (Read More)

We're So Close

We're So Close As we finish the last week of full classes and approach the beginning of exams, I can only help but think, “Where did the time go?” This semester has been a whirlwind of classes, studying, and more classes. When I look back on it, I can’t even believe that it is almost over. I started the semester so excited for everything that I was going to have the opportunity to do—and it has all been great, but it has flown by. For the past few weeks, I have been shadowing at a local equine hospital. I go once a week, and it has been a great experience with large animals. It’s crazy to think that I only have two more times to go there this semester. I have already been six times. It went by so quickly! As I talk to my friends about their semesters, they are also feeling blindsided by how quickly it all went by. I just want to be able to stay here, hang out with them, and make those memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. I am not ready... (Read More)

Wrapping Up the Semester

Wrapping Up the Semester Right before Christmas is undeniably one of the hardest times for a student. We are caught between wearing our favorite Christmas sweaters and decorating the tree, or preparing for final exams. As I prepare for my final exams, I can’t help but daydream about the clock hitting noon on Dec. 11—the time when first year students will have completed their first semester of veterinary school. This semester has definitely been interesting, and I am very thankful for my professors and classmates who kept me motivated and inspired to work hard. I am excited to see what the next few years of veterinary school has in store for my peers and how much we will grow as future professionals. I hope for everyone’s safety as they travel to see their families and friends, and for those traveling out of the country pursuing mission trips. BTHO final exams! (Read More)

Teaching Others

Teaching Others This semester seems like it has flown by in the blink of an eye. As I look back at what all has happened, one of the most fun things I have had the opportunity to be a part of is helping the first year veterinary students as one of their bovine husbandry supervisors. First year students must take care of cattle, horses, or ostriches for a week as part of everyday husbandry skills, to learn more about the different species that veterinarians may encounter. My job allows me to interact with and get to know the first year students as well as teach them how to perform a physical exam and everything that is involved in feeding and caring for them over a week’s time. I can remember thinking back to my first year and having to take care of the ostrich for a week. This was one of the most frightening things I had ever done with an animal. Some of you may be thinking that ostriches can’t be that frightening, but let me tell you that having no experie... (Read More)

Nearing the End

Nearing the End The semester is quickly coming to a close and so is my final year at Texas A&M University. I am finally registered for my last semester as an undergraduate and am planning for graduation. These past four years have gone by so quickly! I just have to get through a couple more classes and projects, and then I will be done. I am currently stressing over this week because I have three exams and a final paper due before I start my finals next week. It was my fault for not studying more over Thanksgiving break, but I reserved that time for family. I had three “Friendsgiving” dinners to attend and then a family dinner. So, I got to eat a lot and spend time with my loved ones. I have no regrets about it, since family always comes first to me. I am excited for what next semester will hold, since I am going to be shadowing at clinics to get insight on what the clinical setting is like. I am looking forward to finishing this semester strong and stud... (Read More)

Ring Day, Thanksgiving, and Family—Things Are Pretty Good

Ring Day, Thanksgiving, and Family—Things Are Pretty Good With Thanksgiving coming up, I must tell what I am most thankful for. My family is the most important group of people to me, and they are who I am most thankful for. I had my Ring Day this past Friday and knew my mother and grandparents would be coming. But, I was surprised when my mom arrived with my sister and brother as well. They didn't tell me they were all coming, so it was a wonderful surprise to have them there when I got my ring.  Getting my Aggie Ring has been an amazing experience. It’s a sort of proof that all my hard work is being recognized, and it is also a promise to continue until I graduate. Finals will begin soon now. This semester has really flown by so fast. It's hard to believe I've gotten so far already. It won't be long until I apply to veterinary school.  It's startling to think that I'm so close. I know I still need more veterinary experience, and I may stay in College Station for the winter break in order to... (Read More)

"Handling the Problem Horse" Wet Lab

"Handling the Problem Horse" Wet Lab In the word of veterinary school, November is one of the busiest times of year. To add to our already-full schedules, a lot of student organizations are hosting wet labs in November. A wet lab is an educational opportunity outside of the classroom for students to gain experience in different areas of veterinary medicine. Often, it will involve a hands-on component, where students are actually able to practice skills, such as ultrasound, suturing, palpation, joint injections.  It’s a chance for students to jump in and get their feet wet—perhaps this is the origin of the name. This last weekend, the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners hosted their annual “Handing the Problem Horse” wet lab. I am an officer of the club and the event was being organized by my best friend, so I cleared my weekend to make sure the event went smoothly. For this event, we flew in Dr. Mark Fitch of Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Fitch is a ... (Read More)

Finding the Joy: One Saturday at a Time

Finding the Joy: One Saturday at a Time As first-year veterinary students, one of the most important things we can do to unwind is “find the joy.” This phrase lingers in the back of our minds as we cycle through the seemingly endless supply of course objectives that outline our preparations for anatomy, histology, physiology, and immunology exams. While it’s necessary to hone in on these subjects and ensure we understand the fundamental topics that underscore clinical medicine, it’s just as important to take a step back and remind ourselves of what intrigued us about a veterinary career in the first place. Participating in clubs is one of the best ways to remind myself of the fascination I have for this field and the variety of work that can be done by a veterinarian. My undergraduate degree largely focused on primate behavior, so I was especially excited to participate in the Saturday trips offered by the Laboratory Animal Medicine club this semester. So far, I have been able to get ... (Read More)